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Rolling Mill Novice
Daverham - Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 6:01pmFabrication | Jewelry embossing | imprint | metal | mill | printing | rolling | rolling mill | sheet
I just opened up the box on my brand new (jewelry-size) rolling mill - I've never used one before. I read that cut-out paper makes a suitable pattern for imprinting and gave it a try on some copper sheet (approx 21 gauge). Not very impressive results. I used cut paper taped directly to the copper. Nothing else - no "sandwich" as I have read about. Can anyone offer some tips on getting the maximum (or even acceptable) depth/strength out of my imprint?
I cranked it pretty hard/tight. Almost couldn't turn the handle. I've since read that may be too much.
I heated the copper for about 30 seconds first, low red-hot. I guess that annealed it. Not exactly sure. I wasn't very precise in that way. Seemed pretty soft to begin with though.
Would a semi-soft backing behind the copper help give the "image" something to squish into? What might that be? Same kind of paper as the image? Something thicker? Dense rubber sheet? What about on top?
Does anyone have any experience with a certain kind of paper that works best? I used index card stock.
You can see I'm just sort of feeling my way about this - self taught as always and can't find much info. Any thing I "must do" that I am skipping?
I will continue to experiment...